Chamillionaire Discusses Don Imus' Return

posted December 04, 2007 04:34:57 AM CST | 22 comments

With Don Imus return to radio on December 3rd, after almost eight months since the original suspension and later dismissal have passed, hip hop artist Chamillionaire; along with Wendy Williams, Lola Ogunnaike (CNN Entertainment Correspondent), Larry Elder (of the Larry Elder Show), Al Sharpton, Martin Garbus (Don Imus attorney) and more made an appearance on CNNs Larry King Live to discuss their thoughts.

While Joy Behar (of The View) sat in as the guest host the topic of Imus new on air team of two African-American comedians, Karith Foster and Tony Powell, was brought up. Lola Ogunnaike (CNN Entertainment Correspondent) suggests that they are mere tokens and that it makes Imus look guiltier.

I have my two black friends here; so just in case I say something that that maybe offensive to this community I have these two people that I have hired on my staff that can co-sign what Im saying. So as long as they chuckle its fine with the black community, Lola says of her thoughts on Imus motives.

Chamillionaire later appeared via satellite from Houston and stated that he felt Imus hasnt undergone enough punishment to warrant a return to radio.

I think that everybody agrees that Don Imus should not be shot execution style for what he did, Chamillionaire said. You can say youre sorry but there still has to be some kind of punishment Ive yet to see the real punishment. He wouldnt have been fired if there was nothing wrong. The Rutgers girls still have to deal with what he said. Its changed their lives. Its changed our lives as a rapper, Cham continued before stating he didnt mind him being back on the radio but feels there wasnt a real punishment. 

Chamillionaire then brought up the fact that Imus was paid during his time off the air and that his status as a celebrity has grown; aiding his career as opposed to hurting it.

Every time I do an interview Im forced to talk about Don Imus. To where before I wouldnt have known who he was If there was something I can say right now on CNN; get banned from my recording contact, come back and be larger than life; then tell me what it is and Ill say it right now, Chamillionaire propsed. Were promoting Don Imus right now by being here.

In related Chamillionaire news, the rapper will be releasing his highly anticipated Mixtape Messiah 4 mixtape on December 18th.

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